Australia Day Australia Day

Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all States and Territories to enable residents to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's a day to be proud and reflect on what this nation has achieved and re-commit to making an even better place for future generations.

Australia Day Awards

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, January 25 - 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Each year, Council hosts an Australia Day Awards presentation evening, recognising individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community or who have excelled in the sporting or cultural arenas. 

View the list of our 2017 Australia Day Awards nominees

Australia Day Family Fun Day

Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day
Each year, residents can celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian on January 26 at the region's major Australia Day Family Fun Day event. The program traditionally includes the national anthem and plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family.

In 2017 celebrations will be held at the Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands from 3pm to 7pm, followed by fireworks.

Entertainment highlights
Gladstone Municipal Band
Billy T & the Dampers
National anthem
Easy Tigers

Other Activities
Various food vendors
Free children's rides
Free face painting
Sausage sizzle with 1000 free sausages

Australia Day Regional Community Events

Council-supported Australia Day Community Events
To assist regional communities, Council offers donations to eligible groups to host Australia Day celebrations in their townships. These community events complement Council's main regional event held annually on January 26.

Members of not-for-profit community groups and organisations within the Gladstone Region were invited to apply for a donation to host a public 2017 Australia Day event through Council's Donations Program - Category 3 Regional Event Support Australia Day Event. 

Click here to access a list of locations and events of 2017 Council-supported Australia Day Community Events.